A new blog with frequent updates, with the latest at the top, much like my long-running WikiLeaks News & Views blog. My Nation associate Kevin Donohoe is helping out mightily with links, as is Barbara Bedway. Speaking of scandal, see my new book Atomic Cover-Up just out , in print and as e-book.
7:20 The Financial Times reports that law firm BCL Burton Copeland is no longer advising News International about an investigation into phone hacking. This is a particularly risky time to be lawyer for News Corp. "after Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer, said its board relied on legal opinions that phone hacking was not widespread at the News of the World, the now-defunct Sunday tabloid."
6:30 The Telegraph: Official figures show "that 20 Cabinet ministers met senior Murdoch executives 130 times over the past 14 months." That’s once every three days, the paper notes.
3:45 Blogger claims to have recording that contradicts Piers Morgan’s vehement phone hacking denials.
1:10 Daily Mail: George Osborne has met executives of News Corporation companies on sixteen occasions since the coalition government assumed office, records reveal.
12:20 The Guardian: James Murdoch could earn a performance-related bonus of up to $12m and Rupert $25m despite the phone-hacking scandal.
9:05 Timeline of current scandal at WL Central with promise of more to come.
8:30 The New York Times Magazine is out with an article (presumably from next week’s issue) on News of the World’s final, chaotic hours by former journo there. “And then, finally, we went to the pub.”